Epic Awards $275,000 Worth of Unreal Dev Grants to 17 Projects

The grant is helping to fund games in VR as well as tools and films.

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Epic Games has announced the recipients of its Unreal Dev Grants, a funding program designed to help creative individuals and studios get their projects off the ground and running smoothly (via Gamasutra). The latest round of Unreal Dev Grants projects, 17 in total, received $275,000 across a wide range of products in video games, technology, film, and related avenues.

Twelve of the 17 projects are rooted in game development. Raiders of Erda is a VR title from Cooperative Innovations predicated on an intricate combat system. The Soulkeeper, another VR game, is an RPG that features teleportation-based movement as well as free roaming.

You can read the full list of Unreal Dev Grants winners on Epic's website.

Epic set up Unreal Dev Grants as a $5 million program in 2015. Award winners are given between $5,000 and $50,000 worth of free financial support—meaning Epic does not expect to be paid back nor will they ask for or demand stake in companies or projects. 

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